Have you noticed that there are times when stress, sadness or worry lead you to binge eat until you feel relief? The bad thing about this is not so much overeating, but that this begins to make us a habit and that every time we feel any of these emotions our best response is to eat.
In case you don't know, what you eat, how you eat it, how often you eat it and how much you eat it is closely linked to the emotional state you are in, since food tends to satisfy our emotional needs, this is when we begin to have an emotional relationship with food.
The Gestalt psychotherapist, Marisol Santillán , explains that, since we were children, our emotional relationship with food begins, since we associate it with emotions, because it begins to mix with love as soon as mother feeds us, it is associated with hugs, to mother's cuddle and, from there, we began to make a bond, so we use it to feel better when faced with a difficulty or to punish ourselves.
WHY DO WE HAVE A DESIRE TO EAT?
The most obvious answer might turn out to be starvation, but the reality is that most of the time it's not just because of that. Eating is a necessary physical act, but the desire to eat can be influenced by many causes and most of these are emotional, since we seek to channel the emotion that causes anxiety or frustration through that act, which makes us think that we are actually hungry.
The reflection of this comes from the simple act of selecting the food that you will consume, which is influenced by hunger, appetite or craving, economic income and the availability of food, and if we add to this the fact that emotions, state of mind and the feeling of stress or anxiety also influence, we end up eating the worst foods we can find.
This is because after eating these foods, your brain secretes several powerful pleasure-producing substances, such as dopamine, so
From that moment on, your brain will look for any pretext to continue ingesting it, it is more with the simple fact of imagining it, your brain will have a pleasant sensation. The problem of "indulging" is not eating what you want or stop, but when they are consumed to avoid sensations; all of us, at least once in our lives, have eaten when we feel sad, anxious or stressed.
But, just as taking refuge in food is bad, restricting yourself is also bad, especially for those who want to lose weight, this can never be done correctly if the emotional relationship that one has with food is not addressed before.
Unhealthy relationships with food are not exclusive to overweight people, since excessive care is also not healthy, counting calories all the time, feeling guilty about what you ate, stopping eating or realizing that when you feel lonely, bored or sad the first thing you turn to is food, they are key symptoms of a bad emotional relationship with food.
To face this, the first thing to do first is to reconnect with the body, learn to accept it and learn to differentiate stomach hunger from emotional hunger. The first is felt in the stomach and is usually accompanied by images of food, the second is not felt there and is experienced with anguish or restlessness, more explicitly explained, it is when you cannot be without doing anything and you forcefully feel that you must do something and more. it is always easy to eat.
When a person who wants to lose weight has learned to reconcile with his body and food, people automatically lose weight, since they really begin to seek health and not happiness through food, since it is not about what you eat, but how you are eating it. Even a thin person with a fear of gaining weight, when reconciled with his body and food, can eat any food and this does not generate any trauma, nor gain weight.
Blood sugar spikes often occur in those with diabetes, as their body cannot process glucose properly. Many factors can cause your blood sugar to rise other than the types of foods you eat. The types of drinks we consume, the medications we take, and our physical condition all affect blood sugar levels.